HMI: Matters for Discussion
1 Ten Good Schools
Matters for Discussion (1977-82)
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1977-82
Notes on the text
Matters for Discussion was a series of 15 booklets published by HMI between 1977 and 1982.
They were part of the 'Great Debate' about the nature and purpose of education which Prime Minister Jim Callaghan had called for in his Ruskin College speech on 18 October 1976.
The booklets frequently refer to the years of compulsory schooling in secondary school as years 1 to 5. Since the introduction of the National Curriculum these have been designated Years 6 to 10.
They all had similar covers (number 4 is shown here), though they were not all the same colour.
The online version
Each booklet is presented in a single web page.
Section headings and footnotes were printed in the margin: I have moved the headings into the main body of the text and the footnotes to their usual position at the bottom of each page - in a few cases this has meant adding an asterisk.
The tables and diagrams are presented as images. A few larger ones are shown in the text as links: clicking on one opens the table or diagram in a new window.
I have corrected a few printing errors.
Page headers and blank pages have been omitted.
Matters for Discussion and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard. Twelve of the booklets were uploaded on 16 Aug 2011; numbers 10 and 15 and the notes on 30 October 2012; number 12 on 25 June 2013.